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RANKINGS: 2020 Rookies in Redraft Leagues

We’ll follow up with the all-important rookies for dynasty leagues list, but for redraft leagues we’ve put this together for you. Each player is assigned a value that we calculate using our evaluation algorithm, which produces a players expected fantasy value in 2020 only. We also include which round in a fantasy draft these rookies should be targeted, based on a 20-round/12-team league. While Joe Burrow is likely the cream of this crop as a fantasy contributor, with the quarterback position so deep again this year, he shouldn’t be drafted as anything but a late-round flyer. Rookie quarterbacks and tight ends tend to take a few years to develop (most wide receivers too), but running backs in good positions like Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Cam Akers have good value because of opportunity. D’Andre Swift may be the best of the bunch but Detroit isn’t a great fit for him to contribute right away, so he takes a bit of a tumble.

Note, too, that further trades, free agent signings etc. could influence this list. For example, if Minnesota adds a viable WR2 then Justin Jefferson will fall dramatically but as of this writing, he is slotted as the WR2 and will have a lot of opportunity to learn on the job as Adam Thielen’s primary running-mate.

*Edit: 5/1/2020 – We’ve moved Michael Pittman up and wanted to update this article too. His new slot should be at #12 on this list and should still be left in FA to start this season.

12-team/20 rounds

# Player Value Round
1 Burrow, Joe QB-CIN 256 18
2 Edwards-Helaire, Clyde RB-KCC 199 3
3 Akers, Cam RB-LAR 169 5
4 Jefferson, Justin WR-MIN 122 10
5 Swift, D’Andre RB-DET 109 8
6 Vaughn, Ke’Shawn RB-TBB 99 11
7 Jeudy, Jerry WR-DEN 97 14
8 Ruggs, Henry WR-LVR 75 19
9 Dobbins, J.K. RB-BAL 66 16
10 Lamb, CeeDee WR-DAL 66 20
11 Asiasi, Devin TE-NEP 61 18
12 Jefferson, Van WR-LAR 57 FA
13 Aiyuk, Brandon WR-SFO 57 FA
14 Kmet, Cole TE-CHI 51 19
15 Herbert, Justin QB-LAC 48 FA
16 Dillon, A.J. RB-GBP 37 FA
17 Tagovailoa, Tua QB-MIA 37 FA
18 Mims, Denzel WR-NYJ 35 FA
19 Higgins, Tee WR-CIN 35 FA
20 Evans, Darrynton RB-TEN 32 FA
21 Duvernay, Devin WR-BAL 29 FA
22 Hamler, KJ WR-DEN 28 FA
23 Gibson, Antonio WR-WAS 19 FA
24 Reagor, Jalen WR-PHI 4 FA
25 Rohrwasser, Justin K-NEP 0 FA
26 *Pittman Jr., Michael WR-IND -13 FA
27 Taylor, Jonathan RB-IND -13 FA
28 Love, Jordan QB-GBP -17 FA
29 Ta’amu, Jordan QB-KCC -18 FA
30 Hurts, Jalen QB-PHI -18 FA
31 Stevens, Tommy QB-NOS -19 FA
32 Keene, Dalton TE-NEP -26 FA
33 Shenault, Laviska WR-JAC -28 FA
34 Claypool, Chase WR-PIT -29 FA
35 Deguara, Josiah TE-GBP -30 FA
36 Bowden, Lynn WR-LVR -33 FA
37 Trautman, Adam TE-NOS -38 FA
38 Moss, Zack RB-BUF -38 FA
39 Patrick, Jacques RB-CIN -44 FA
40 Calais, Raymond RB-TBB -44 FA

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